Friday, Oct. 14

05-12 Contemporary Jewish Folklore: Re-Thinking Community Practices and Identity

Friday, October 14, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Director 3

Sponsored by the AFS Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Section


Chair: Amy Milligan (Old Dominion University)

10:30 am
The Huppah as Object and Symbol in Contemporary American Culture
Simon J. Bronner (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)

10:45 am
Two Sides of the River: Memory Preservation of the Civil Rights Movement by the Jewish Community of Selma, Alabama
Amy Milligan (Old Dominion University)

11:00 am
Zoom Seders, Zoom shul and Hybrid Celebrations: Narratives in Jewish Practice during the Pandemic
Hanna Griff-Sleven (New School, NY NY)

11:15 am
Deliberately Jewish: Jewish Identities and Expressive Cultures in St. John’s, NL
Jillian Gould (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

11:30 am
optional discussion time

This panel showcases recent work in Jewish folklore and ethnology with attention given to new developments and approaches in the field. The diverse topics in this panel come together with their common theme of Jewishness, but, moreover, in their centering of the Jewish voice in folkloristics as a field. Panelists address both the nonverbal and visual transmission of Jewish culture, as well as socialized Jewish practice, the impact of location, and the transmission of identity during crisis. In the end, these papers offer a space for discussion of new approaches to Jewish folkloristics, demonstrating the continued evolution of both Jewish folk practices and the field.